Kate Waugh claimed the Super League Triathlon title as Brits secured eight medals around the world over the weekend.
Kate Waugh was crowned 2023 Super League Triathlon Champion on Saturday after winning a silver medal at the season finale in Neom, Saudi Arabia. The Brit came into the race at the top of the standings with Luxembourg’s Jeanne Lehair and France’s Emma Lombardi her main rivals, but it was France’s world number two Cassandre Beaugrand who denied Waugh the race win. Beaugrand finished 14 seconds clear to leave the Brit in second, but as she beat both Lehair and Lombardi, Waugh was crowned series winner as she crossed the line. Fellow Brit Olivia Mathias was fifth in Neom as she cemented fifth in the series as well, while Sophie Coldwell crossed the line in tenth. Jess Fullagar ended the day in 13th and was eliminated from the race in stage three.
In the men’s race Alex Yee finished third on the day behind Frenchman Leo Bergere (1st) and New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde (2nd), with the trio ending the series in the order they crossed the line. Jonny Brownlee cemented a top five finish overall as he finished ninth in Saudi Arabia. Dan Dixon was the third Brit over the line as he finished 12th. Chris Perham finished 15th as he was eliminated before starting the run in stage two with Max Stapley coming 17th and being eliminated following stage two’s swim.
There was more medal success at 2023 Europe Triathlon Cup Yenisehir as Annabel Morton claimed top spot on the podium. The Brit was amongst the leaders throughout before putting in the fastest run time of the day to beat German duo Franka Rust and Julia Brocker to first place. Sophie Alden was the next Brit over the line as she saw off Tunde Bukovszki of Hungary in a sprint finish for seventh place. In the men’s race Marcus Dey was on the wrong side of a sprint finish as he finished second, just two seconds behind Italian Samuele Angelini. Oliver Turner came across the line in 27th ahead of Cameron Harris (37th) and Jimmy Lund (40th).
Lauren Steadman led the way at World Triathlon Para Cup Malaga as she put in a dominant performance to take first place by almost four minutes from France’s Gwladys Lemoussu in the women’s PTS5 race. In the men’s PTS5 race Michael Salisbury earnt a top-ten finish as he crossed the line in eighth place. There was more medal success in the women’s PTWC race as Mel Nicholls secured a silver medal behind Spain’s Eva Maria Moral Pedrero. Finley Jakes was the third Brit to secure a medal in Spain as he finished third in the men’s PTS4 category behind France’s Gregoire Berthon (1st) and Liam Twomey of Australia (2nd). The men’s PTS3 race saw Henry Urand narrowly miss out on a podium finish as he came fourth, while in the men’s PTS2 race Louis Rolfe was sixth.
Samuel Dickinson was in fine form as he beat New Zealand’s Dylan McCullough by just two seconds to win a bronze medal at World Triathlon Cup Tongyeong. Fellow Brit Jack Willis was just six seconds back as he finished fifth in a tight race at the front of the field. Cameron Main was the next Brit over the line in 20th with five athletes crossing within five seconds of each other. Harry Leleu and Hugo Milner were also in action as they came 31st and 52nd respectively.
In the women’s race Hollie Elliott crossed the line just ahead of Australia’s Kira Hedgeland to take seventh place, with the pair recording identical times. Vicky Holland continued her return to competitive triathlon and narrowly missed out on a top-ten finish crossing the line in 13th.
At IRONMAN Portugal, Simone Mitchell crossed the line in seventh place with a time of 09:11:08, while Claire Weller, who came 20th, was the final Brit over the line. There were DNFs for Nikki Bartlett, Natalie Lawrence and Laura Addie. In the men’s race Will Crudgington was 12th crossing the line in 08:24:17. Fellow Brit Joshua Lewis was just over two minutes behind Crudgington as he came 14th while Benjamin Goodfellow was 24th. Will Draper and Matthew Palmer both dropped out on the bike leg.
Lizzie Rayner was seventh at Challenge Vieux Bocau as she led the way for the British triathletes, finishing in 04:18:32. Rosie Weston was the next Brit to finish the race as she came 12th with Claire Hann finishing 17th. In the men’s race Alistair Brownlee continued his comeback from injury with a sixth place finish with Iestyn Harrett just behind in seventh. Luke Pollard, who recently claimed the PTVI world championship as Dave Ellis’ guide, was just outside the top 10 as he finished 12th. James Scott-Farrington was the fourth British triathlete on the start line but he recorded a DNF.
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